Although the name literally means “tomato egg noodle,” the Beijing dish xihongshi jidan mian is actually a soup. It is a staple in Chinese home cooking because it is simple and inexpensive. This isn’t a soup that is reserved only for cold days; it’s perfect even in the summer as it is not too dense. This soup is supposedly good for your skin’s elasticity. No one will want to turn down a bowl of something that is delicious, nutritious AND makes you look good!
Prepare all the ingredients at once, because when the cooking begins, you will need everything on hand. Wash and dice 1 big tomato, set aside. Beat one egg in a bowl. In a separate bowl, dissolve two teaspoons of cornstarch in two tablespoons of water. In a third bowl, place about half a liter hot water and dissolve 100 grams of glass noodles. You may opt to break up the noodles into bit-size lengths before soaking them, or leave them long. Chop up some spring onions for garnish.
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This post first appeared on June 3, 2013 and is part of the ‘Do Try This At Home’ series.
Photo courtesy of Dana Cosio Mercado